Wetherby option for Last Samuri

Kim Bailey's Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri could get his season under way in the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

The Last Samuri: Options limited, according to his trainer

Bailey won the Grade Two contest in 2013 with Harry Topper and is considering sending the eight-year-old north for his initial outing.

Another option is to return to Aintree for the Becher Chase.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo, Bailey said: "So far I'm very happy with him. It's hard to find suitable races. The most obvious ones are going to be the Charlie Hall and the Becher Chase.

"I hate coming second but it was a great run in the National."

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Like The Last Samuri another of Bailey's stable stars, Red Spinner, is owned by Paul and Clare Rooney and he could have a crack at the Bet Victor Gold Cup at Cheltenham, formerly the Paddy Power.

"He'll have a run between now and then," Bailey said of the six-year-old.

"Like a lot of horses trained for The Festival his form tailed off after (Carlisle, beaten as 1-6 favourite). He's much better than that."

Harry Topper missed the whole of last season and has not been seen since February 2015. He may have the Welsh National as a target.

"It was the wettest winter we had for ages so it was unfortunate," said Bailey about the mud-lover.

"He'll have a new jockey in David Bass and hopefully he'll get to something like the Welsh National."

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